Image above: “The Boyhood of Raleigh by Sir John Everett Millais [1829-1896], oil on canvas, 1870. A seafarer tells the young Sir Walter Raleigh and his brother the story of what happened out at sea.”
Most dictionaries define a story as a narrative account of a real or imagined event or events. Within the storytelling community, a story is more generally agreed to be a specific structure of narrative with a specific style and set of characters and which includes a sense of completeness.
Through this sharing of experience we use stories to pass on accumulated wisdom, beliefs, and values. Through stories we explain how things are, why they are, and our role and purpose. Stories are the building blocks of knowledge, the foundation of memory and learning.
Stories connect us with our humanness and link past, present, and future by teaching us to anticipate the possible consequences of our actions.
For years I was plagued with not being able to complete a story idea that I had in mind to write. Every time I started to do so, I would get perhaps 30 to 50 pages written, and them screech into a grinding silence. I had no place to go with the plot, the characters, the setting and all of the other literary elements of what I was hoping to put together and depict on paper. It would fall apart. Stutter into entropy.
No matter what idea I end up telling, I want my readers turning page after page that I write in order for them to see what happens next in the unfolding of my story.
Perhaps like drives like into great love and inspiration enough to fuel our own great endeavor in writing.
“Storytelling.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 27 Jan. 2016. Web. 28 Jan. 2016. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storytelling>.
Millais, Sir John E. The Boyhood of Raleigh. 1870. Tate, London. Web. 28 Jan. 2016. <http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/millais-the-boyhood-of-raleigh-n01691>.
McWilliams, Barry. “What Storytelling is. An Attempt at Defining the Art Form.” Eldrbarry’s Story Telling Page. N.p., 1997. Web. 27 Jan. 2016. <http://www.eldrbarry.net/>.
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© 28 January 2016 by A. Keith Carreiro